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The Gas Processing Center (GPC), College of Engineering, Qatar University, has organized a high-profile workshop on “Carbon Management and Climate Change: CO2 Conversion / Mineralization". The workshop was sponsored by Qatargas and attended by many representatives from the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, national and international companies from the energy sector, and academia.
The workshop was inaugurated by Sheikh Khalid bin Abdullah Al Thani, Chief Engineering & Projects Officer, Qatargas; Mr. Abdelhadi Al-Marri, Director of Climate Change, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change; Mr. Arnoud Lust, CEO, VITO Middle East; Dr. Khalid Kamal Naji, Dean, College of Engineering; and Dr. Mohammad Ali Saad, GPC Director, Qatar University.
Commenting on the workshop, Dr. Khalid Kamal Naji, Dean of College of Engineering, Qatar University, said:“The Carbon Management Workshop is a national initiative that aims to connect the stakeholders and address the challenges in carbon management and climate change. In addition to highlighting the main research activities related to the management of carbon dioxide emissions in Qatar and how to contribute to the national efforts to manage carbon emissions and confront global warming."
He further emphasized the importance of bringing together academia, industry, and The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change to tackle the challenges of climate change and global warming. The Dean pointed out the readiness of the college to provide the necessary support for the success of the event.
Mr. Arnoud Lust, VITO Middle East CEO, added: “This workshop has brought together the most relevant speakers from industry, government, and academia – creating an open communication channel that will strengthen our ties and have a very positive impact on the CO2 Management ecosystem in Qatar. The country is already doing a lot to fight against Climate Change and, with the support of key partners like GPC and QU, VITO will be able to assist Qatar to implement the National Climate Action Plan".
Commenting on the event, Dr. Mohammad Ali Saad, Director of the GPC, added:“The GPC is pleased to organize this important event which is part of the GPC mandate to address the problems and challenges facing gas industries in Qatar and the region. The workshop provided a platform for experts from national and international entities to discuss the latest research and innovations related to carbon management. The invited speakers discussed different aspects of carbon management, including carbon dioxide capture, conversion, utilization, and storage; the subjects discussed covered technical, environmental, and economic aspects and policies related to carbon management." Dr. Mohammed Saad emphasized the importance of raising awareness on reducing carbon dioxide emissions and their impact on climate in Qatar and the world.
The GPC Director expressed his sincere appreciation to Qatargas for sponsoring the event, VITO for co-organizing, Ministry of Environment and climate change for their contribution and support, and the participants from QAFAC, QAFCO, HBKU QEERI, Qatarsteel, Al-Attiyah Foundation, Future first Energy, Shell Qatar, TotalEnergies, ExxonMobil, Rosneft, Abo Akademki and colleagues from Qatar University. He extended his thanks to Prof. Muftah El-Naas for leading the organizing team and their recognizable efforts in the success of the event.
The workshop activities took place over two consecutive days on 15 and 16 February 2022, and were divided into four sessions. Four international keynote speakers were invited; speakers from industrial companies and academia and the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change. The participants expressed their feedback on the workshop as an excellent opportunity to exchange knowledge and experiences between the various research institutions in Qatar and their partners from the industrial and government sectors.